"Movies don't really build things like this anymore." While much of the talk about Noah after the film hits theaters will likely and pointlessly revolved around the film's accuracy to The Bible and various other religious qualms, some attention should be paid to its achievement in filmmaking. And one such impressive element is the constructions of the ark at the center of the film. The first featurette for Darren Aronofsky's epic focuses on how they made part of this giant ship a reality, taking one year to design and six months to build it. Visual effects complete the ark, but this practical set piece is awesome. Watch below!
We just recently saw a cool featurette showing Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture work to play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now another look behind the scenes has popped up looking at the somewhat silly, but impressive dwarf barrel escape sequence from the sequel that feels almost straight out of a Steven Spielberg film. Peter Jackson pops up on set as this featurette shows a combination of the footage shot and the visual effects that came together to make this fun sequence work on the big screen. It's a short featurette, but it shows just how much went into this small part of the film.
We have just one more chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, and if you missed the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can catch the film on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 8th. But for everyone else who saw the film (and the fun cameo featuring J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert), we've got a cool featurette from David Clayton and the rest of the Academy Award nominated visual effects team at Weta Digital showing us how a combination of a motion capture performance from Benedict Cumberbatch and animators brought the dragon Smaug to life. Watch now!
The second full trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel from director Wes Anderson highlighted the amazing ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Ralph Fiennes and many more familiar faces. Now they shine once again in a new illustrated poster by Peter Strain, and a featurette showing them talking about the story which sprawls across multiple generations and is situated around the title European hotel. The film is just a couple weeks away and we can't wait to see Anderson's latest endeavor.
By now we hope you've seen the Best Picture nominee Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. If not, you'll have another chance when the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD on February 25th. But for those of us who have already seen the amazing sci-fi flick, we know how mesmerizing of a visual feast director Alfonso Cuaron put together, especially with how the film was shot. Some average moviegoers may not know this, but pretty much every single shot in the film is a special effects shot, and most of what you see isn't real. Now a visual effects reel breaks down how some of the big sequences were put together.
Plenty of people are still buzzing about this week's release of the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the next Phase Two film from Marvel. And while the first trailer wasn't certainly a spectacular tease of the ragtag team of cosmic heroes, some fans were disappointed that we didn't get to hear Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon in the trailer. We weren't that surprised since the trailer was pretty much the same as what they showed us from Comic-Con last year, but now a new brief featurette on the feisty, pint-sized, talking raccoon has popped up, and we get a small snippet of Cooper voicing Rocket. Watch!
We've already seen the trailer for Enemy, the first collaboration between director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, before last year's Prisoners was even made. Now a new featurette dives deeper into the story based on Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, hitting theaters this spring. While part of it focuses on the plot and how that unfolds, there's also a focus on how Villeneueve made it possible for Gyllenhaal to act opposite himself. Between this film and Jesse Eisenberg in The Double, there's a lot of "twins" on the big screen this year, and fortunately they all look good. Watch now!
After seeing The LEGO Movie last weekend, you might be wondering just how much of the film was created using real LEGO pieces, and how much was just some spectacularly crafted animation. Well, most of the film was created with the help of the FX company Animal Logic in Australia, and it took no less than 3,863,484 unique, virtual bricks and 15,080,330 total pieces to bring the film to life. We've already seen one featurette diving into the making of the film, but a new extensive look at the animation and visual effects of the film has arrived from FX Guide, and it's a thoroughly fascinating journey behind the scenes.
After the most recent full trailer explained pretty much everything we needed to know about 300: Rise of an Empire, a new featurette for the follow-up to Zack Snyder's graphic novel adaptation lays it out even better. The Man of Steel director, who produced this new film that partially takes place during the evens of 300, appears along with the film's director Noam Murro to talk about the story and how it ties into everything we already know. There's also talk of Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Eva Green as Artemisia and Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes and their characters in this part of the story. Watch it below!
Despite the fact that the film doesn't hit theaters until Friday, Warner Bros. is already so confident in The LEGO Movie that the studio has already commissioned a writer to script a sequel. That's not a guarantee that it will get made until the actual box office receipts come in, but the film is tracking very well. In the meantime, why not check out how this stunningly animated film was made, complete with a mix of CG animation and practical stop-motion animation using real LEGO pieces. Despite the seemingly limited range of the LEGO minifig faces, Chris Pratt says the facial expressions are pretty dead on. Watch below!
Fans of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug already got one cool treat when Stephen Colbert's cameo in the middle of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book was discovered. You might still be lucky enough to catch the film in theaters, but for those who have already seen the superior second installment in the trilogy, we have a cool featurette from SoundWorks Collection looking at the sound design and mixing behind the blockbuster. Composer Howard Shore and producer/co-writer Philippa Boyens pop up in the featurette along with much of the sound crew, and it's very informative.
We've seen Aaron Paul go to driving school for the forthcoming racing thriller Need for Speed, and while the "Breaking Bad" star will certainly draw in some crowds to the video game adaptation, the real star of the film will be the bad ass, fast cars. A new featurette takes a brief closer look at some of the sleek automobiles that are being used in the film. Unfortunately, some of them (usually the cheaper made duplicates) will be absolutely wrecked in the film, which will be cringeworthy for any motorheads out there. While I'm not into racing or anything, it's hard not to appreciate just how sexy and cool these cars are from the film. Watch it!
While we were hoping this video might have some cool behind-the-scenes footage from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie, alas it's Entertainment Tonight (Canada) which means nope, only cheesy conversation. Luckily there's a few hints on the actual movie. Bryan Cranston, Golden Globe winning star of "Breaking Bad", filmed a role in Godzilla last year, and ET Canada visited the set to chat with him, and with Sally Hawkins. He reveals that they're taking a more "restrained" approach to this, referencing Jaws and the way Spielberg "didn't always show the monster." Cranston also shows the host how to roar like the monster. It's a fun little video if you're in the mood for some Cranston goodness to cheer you up after the Oscar noms.
We've shown off plenty of visual effects breakdowns for big blockbuster films like Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and The Great Gatsby. But some films have visual effects that you aren't even remotely aware of, because they are seamless and don't feature any full compter generated creatures or anything like that. One such case is The Wolf of Wall Street. With the exception of one crazy encounter Jordan Belfort's yacht has with a huge storm at sea, you would think few visual effects were needed in Martin Scorsese's film. But you'd be wrong. Watch the cool VFX breakdown below!